We recognize the immense complexity of the causes, symptoms and solutions to inner-city poverty. It does not seek to impose a comprehensive plan upon inner-city communities.
Rather, the plan is one that is built from the bottom up. It starts with a historically stable institution within the inner city, the church, and ends as a movement – a movement sensitive to the needs of its community, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and energized by a unified Body of Christ.
Into the fabric of all that we do are woven five basic operating principles. These principles, distilled from hundreds of hours of interviews with inner-city leaders, cannot be violated if we are to be successful in our mission:
This is the essence of the Inner City strategy – a group of people with servants’ hearts, committed to listening and discovering the needs of the inner-city church. By serving, they seek to enable that church to fulfill its mandate and potential to minister to the poor.
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